Pitt wins sixth straight and is alone in first place in ACC


'Send it in!' Federiko Federiko slams big dunk for Pittsburgh

Federiko Federiko increases Pittsburgh's lead over Boston College with a nice dunk.

PITTSBURGH -- — Blake Hinson made six 3-pointers in scoring 21 points and Pittsburgh left Boston College behind in the second half to win 77-58 on Tuesday night and take a half-game lead in the ACC.

The Panthers (19-7, 12-3) won their sixth straight game, set a program record for most ACC wins in a season, and gave themselves at least a 24-hour perch alone atop the conference standings. No. 7 Virginia (11-3) plays at last-place Louisville on Wednesday.

Hinson was 6 of 11 on 3-pointers, Greg Elliott added four more and the Panthers finished 11 of 25 from the arc. Elliott scored 14 points, Nelly Cummings added 11 and Jamarius Burton and Federiko Federiko had 10 each.

Mason Madsen made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Eagles (12-15, 6-10). Jaeden Zackery added 11 points. Quinten Post, averaging nearly 17 points per game, finished with seven and fouled out.

Hinson's 3-pointer gave Pitt the first double-digit lead of the night and that bucket plus his four-point play were part of a 21-2 run that put the Panthers ahead by 24 with nine minutes left. Meanwhile, Boston College was missing 13 consecutive shots.

Pitt trailed by seven before outscoring Boston College 23-7 over the final eight minutes of the first half to lead by nine, capped by Hinson's fourth 3-pointer. He had 14 first-half points.

Boston College is at Florida State and Pitt is at Virginia Tech in Saturday games.